The idea for the sign came to [Richard Ankrom] back in 1999, when he found himself repeatedly getting lost trying to find the ramp to the north Golden State after the Harbor becomes the Pasadena Freeway. (The sharp left-lane exit sneaks up on drivers at the end of a series of four tunnels.)
The video he made of the entire process shows Ankrom snapping digital photos of existing Golden State Freeway signs and projecting the images onto paper, before tracing them onto a sheet of aluminum. He cut and painted the aluminum sign and even "aged" it with a layer of gray.
Richard Ankrom's "guerrilla art" project was recorded from start to finish on video, which plays behind him in the photo above. The sign addition "needed to be done," the artist says.; PHOTOGRAPHER: ROBERT GAUTHIER / Los Angeles Times; The frustrated motorist and artist painstakingly added directions to a downtown freeway sign seen by thousands of drivers daily.; PHOTOGRAPHER: ALEXANDER GALLARDO / Los Angeles Times